• The prevalence of asthma is higher in Massachusetts than most other states in the US.

  • Asthma is becoming more common in Massachusetts. From 2000 through 2007, the number of adults that currently have asthma increased 16%.

  • In 2007, 13.0% of adult men and 17.6% of adult women reported ever having a doctor diagnosis of asthma.

  • For the 2006-2007 school year, the prevalence of asthma among school age children in grades K-8 was 10.8% (over 82,000 children).

  • In 2007, 7.4% of adult men and 12.1% of adult women reported still having asthma.

  • Asthma is more common among children and adults from households with lower incomes.

  • Asthma affects people's quality of life.

    • About 60% of adults with asthma have to limit their activities because of their asthma.

    • Adults with asthma are 3 times more likely to be unable to work compared to adults without asthma.

  • On an average day in 2006, there were 25 hospitalizations for asthma in Massachusetts.

  • Certain groups of people with asthma have worse health outcomes. In 2006, the hospitalization rate for asthma in Massachusetts was higher among:

    • Black, non-Hispanics and Hispanics compared to White, non-Hispanics.

    • Children ages 0-4 years and adults ages 65 years and older.

    • The regions surrounding Boston, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester.


This information is provided by the Asthma Prevention and Control Program within the , Department of Public Health.